No trip to Disneyland Resort is complete without all of the tasty treats and iconic foods. When you have food allergies or dining restrictions, we understand that this can sometimes leave you with a case of FOMO, as accommodations can be scarce. Luckily, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park offer a ton of gluten-free options! You can straight-up enjoy some favorite snacks, while others will come with slight modifications. Let’s hop to it and find out the ribbeting details on how to eat gluten-free at Disneyland Resort.
Our ~Toadally~ Tasty Guide to Dining Gluten-Free at Disneyland Resort
Here’s a look at some of the yummy gluten-free choices, along with some tips for eating gluten-free at Disneyland. Keep in mind that it make take longer than usual for the restaurant to prepare your food when you order gluten-free. The cooks may prepare gluten-free foods in a separate area, change gloves before preparing it, use different oil to fry it (if necessary) and take the measures necessary to prevent cross-contamination. Packaged baked goods may need to be thawed or heated up. Know that the extra time is to keep your food safe from unwanted ingredients ... a labor of love!
Some foods are considered gluten-friendly, meaning they are not made with any gluten, but these foods could have some cross-contamination. If you are very sensitive, then avoid these foods. If you avoid gluten for reasons outside of a medical condition or allergy, then these choices may work for you. An item that is labeled “gluten free” has been made without gluten, and measures have been taken to prevent any cross-contamination. For example, the delicious Disneyland macarons or gluten-friendly IncrediCookie may be naturally gluten-free, but they are not labeled or promoted as “gluten free.” The macarons are sitting near other baked goods, so cross-contamination is possible, so approach with caution. The true gluten-free baked cookies, muffins and brownies are made off-site and packaged in a sealed bag. (We thought the brownie was pretty gooey and tasty!)
Gluten-Free Breakfast Options at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks
I don't know about you, but I am a firm believer that breakfast is the most important (and often the most delicious) meal of the day, especially when you'll be hoppin' around the theme parks. At Disneyland, get your gluten-free Mickey waffles, hash browns, eggs, omelets, fruit, sausage and bacon at Carnation Café or Plaza Inn. You can also request gluten-free pancakes. Plaza Inn is a buffet, so you’ll need to specifically request the gluten-free Mickey waffles. The Mickey waffles at Carnation Café are dense and chewy, not at all crumbly and dry. We give them two ears up!
In terms of quick-service breakfast choices, you can get eggs, bacon and potatoes at Galactic Grill or Red Rose Taverne. You can always find fresh fruits and even yogurt in the parks.
At Disney California Adventure Park, fuel up at Flo's in Cars Land with items from the gluten/wheat allergy menu. Choices include the American breakfast, with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and an allergy-friendly roll. Or, enjoy the the seasonal fruit plate, featuring fresh fruit, yogurt and an allergy-friendly roll.
Gluten-Free Quick-Service Lunch & Dinner Options at Disneyland Park
You can still have sandwiches, rolls, hot dogs, pasta, pizza and even baked goods when dining gluten-free at Disneyland. That makes our gluten-free friends pretty hoppy. You may not see gluten-free items on the main menu, but you can ask about accommodations or even view wheat- and gluten-free choices for restaurants when using Mobile Order. Look for the "Allergy-Friendly" button and select "Gluten/Wheat Allergy-Friendly" to see a list of choices. When you arrive at other restaurants to order in person, ask if they have an allergy menu, which highlights wheat/gluten allergies to help you find the foods that best meet your needs. The park no longer hands out one guide for all gluten-free choices because the menu items and ingredients are always changing. And that's a good thing, because it seems like there are always new options!
Here are a few gluten-free suggestions at Disneyland Park:
- Alien Pizza Planet – Enjoy salads, rice pasta and gluten-free pizza upon request.
- Bengal BBQ - The sauces on the meats include gluten, but you can order the meat without sauce. The hummus is not made with gluten, but it may be cross-contaminated.
- Galactic Grill - Find gluten-free buns for sandwiches, plant-based burgers and cheeseburgers/hamburgers. You can enjoy chopped salad, fries or a strawberry fruit bar.
- Harbour Galley - The shrimp salad, fruit and Power Packs are all gluten-free options.
- Hungry Bear - This restaurant has a gluten-free cheeseburger, plus the Fantasmic! dining package comes with gluten-free choices.
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café – Enjoy a gluten-free version of the Jolly Holiday Combo of grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. You can enjoy a gluten-free brownie, blueberry muffin or cookie, as well. You can even pair your sandwich with gluten-free bread or salad.
- Plaza Inn – Request the allergy menu to see your options. You can get four gluten-free chicken legs with the chicken dinner (get a gluten-free roll and use the gluten-free gravy, which is actually darker than the one in above photo), pot roast, penne pasta, house salad or the chipotle-pineapple glazed salmon. Look for gluten-free baked goods, as well.
- Rancho del Zocalo – This restaurant has gluten-free tacos, salads, nachos and more.
- Red Rose Taverne – Try the gluten-free pizza, cheeseburger, salads or cauliflower sandwich.
- Refreshment Corner – Get a hot dog and chili with a gluten-free roll, blueberry muffin, chocolate chip cookie or brownie.
Gluten-Free Quick-Service Lunch & Dinner Options at Disney California Adventure Park
- Cocina Cucamonga – This location offers tacos with corn tortillas, cocina bowl, marinated chicken, salads and kids choices.
- Flo’s – Flo's offers gluten-free burgers, sandwiches, salads and shakes.
- Lucky Fortune Cookery – Try teriyaki chicken, Szechuan chicken or chicken and rice.
- Smokejumper’s Grill - You can find gluten-free hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken skewers, waffle fries and baked goods such as chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
Dining Gluten-Free at Disneyland Resort Table-Service Restaurants
You can always request an allergy menu at any of the table-service restaurants. Some are printed, and some may be verbal.
- Blue Bayou - Request an allergy menu, where you may find salad, pork loin, salmon, surf & turf and a portobello mushroom and popcorn rice dish.
- Carnation Cafe - You'll find several gluten-free items on the allergy menu.
- River Belle Terrace - Request the allergy menu, which may include salads, a Cornish game hen, pork spare ribs and fish.
- Café Orleans - One of the most popular dishes is the Monte Cristo Sandwich. Good news! You can get the gluten-free Monte Cristo in either the classic version (with swiss cheese, ham and turkey) or the three cheese. However, you must get a reservation and order at least 24 hours in advance at 714-781-3463 with your reservation number. (Our gluten-free froggy friends told us it's toadally worth the effort!) Other menu items are also safe and do not require advance notice. You can order La Salad de Maison, Shrimp and Grits, Bourbon Street Chicken, Steak and Potatoes, Nicoise Salad, Vegetable Bolognese and Muffuletta Chopped Salad.
- Wine Country Trattoria - The allergy menus feature several items for gluten/wheat allergies, including salads, gluten-free pasta substitutions, steak, salmon and osso busco.
- Carthay Circle – This restaurant makes gluten-free meals and gluten-free chocolate creme brûlée or sorbet for dessert. Ask your server for gluten-free options.
- Lamplight Lounge - Request an allergy menu and also talk to your server about some off-menu suggestions, as well.
- Character Dining - If you are hopping to a character dining meal, either at Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park or at a Disneyland Resort hotel, be sure to let them know when you reserve, pay and are seated that you need gluten-free options. You may be able to speak to the chef and can acquire gluten-free items not found at the buffet.
Our Favorite Gluten-Free Snacks and Desserts at Disneyland Resort
Now onto our favorite part: the best gluten-free Disneyland snacks and desserts!
- Mickey ice cream bar on a stick
- Turkey leg
- Cotton candy
- Dole Whip
- Pixar Pier Parfait
- Strawberry fruit bar
- Cotton candy
- Frozen banana
- Packaged gluten-free brownies, muffins and chocolate chip cookies (available at many restaurants)
- Churro toffee (subject to cross contamination)
- Caramel apples (subject to cross contamination)
- Clarabelle’s hand-dipped ice cream (specify when ordering that you require it to be gluten-free)
- The IncrediCookie gluten-friendly cookie
- Power Packs
Keep in mind that some of these items may be subject to cross-contamination. You know your body and its sensitivity levels best!
Tips for Eating Gluten-Free at Disneyland Resort
- Bring your own snacks (saves money and prevents cross-contamination).
- Ask for gluten-free/allergy menus at table-service and other restaurants.
- Talk to the chef if you have any questions.
- Ask for ingredient labels if you aren’t sure.
- Use Mobile Order and select from the allergy menu, or order in person to find out how to modify dishes and find other options to best meet your needs.
- Pack some extra patience, as special accommodations can take longer to prepare.
- Double-check your order and confirm with the cast member that it’s gluten-free before digging in.
- Know the difference between gluten-free and gluten-friendly and how that may affect you.
While this is not meant to be a complete list of all the options for dining gluten-free at Disneyland, it can give you an idea of where to start. Hopfully, it makes finding gluten-free options at Disneyland a a little easier for you! Keep in mind that menus and ingredients may change, so always ask questions before you order.
Do you have any favorite gluten-free foods at Disneyland or tips for eating gluten-free in the parks? Please share them in the comments below! Don't froget that you can save money on Disneyland Resort tickets when purchasing from your favorite froggy friends! Ribbit, ribbit!